As the end draws near, is Karl Rove targeted for indictment?

His lawyer used to say he wasn't a target. Now he won't say anything at all.

Published October 6, 2005 4:28AM (EDT)

Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor investigating the outing of Valerie Plame, is supposed to wrap up his investigation by the end of this month. With Judy Miller's testimony in the bag, the end could come sooner -- even as soon as today -- with an announcement that there will be an indictment, many indictments or no indictment at all.

Here's where it gets interesting.

For a year now, Karl Rove's lawyer has insisted that his client is not a "target" of Fitzgerald's investigation. Robert Luskin has said that he received such an assurance from Fitzgerald last October and again in July. But asked by Reuters Wednesday whether he'd had further contact from Fitzgerald recently, Luskin declined to answer.

Maybe Luskin is simply being cautious as the moment of truth nears. But maybe -- maybe -- the talkative lawyer knows something that he's suddenly not so eager to share.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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